Earlier this month, the airline began offering the tablet as an entertainment option, according to numerous online reports.
Around 6,000 of the tablets are being disbursed on flights between New York and Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and Miami and Los Angeles.
Boston-Los Angeles flights served by 757 aircraft will also get the device, as will international flights to and from Europe and South America served by 767-300 aircraft. The tablets replace American’s current entertainment system and can access Wi-Fi.
Other airlines are experimenting with tablet devices as well. Qantas unit Jetstar has employed the iPad as part of an in-flight entertainment system. Alaska Airlines last month also began replacing its 25-pound paper flight manuals with iPads.